NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

When it comes to making Resolutions for 2017, the kids in the household ought to join in on making it a sustainable family activity. A joint effort (not talking about “pot”) for New Year’s Resolutions can bring some real accomplishments with only a small amount of age- appropriate family planning.…

LET’S BLAME SANTA

Smart-mouth kids aren’t really popular at any time of the year but something about the Christmas Season tends to bolster their ability to be obnoxious. Do their parents think they’re cute? Must be or they would snatch ‘em back to “staying in their place.” And, yes, I think children have…

TAKEN FOR A RIDE BUT NOT ON A ONE HORSE SLEIGH

http://talkaboutparenting.org/wp-content/uploads/Jingle-Bells-instrumental-lyrics.mp3 Not only will the stockings be hung by the chimney with care expecting St. Nicholas to soon be there, but so to have the price tags been hung on department store items expecting some unaware shoppers will soon be there – scooping up sale items with extra dollars to…

CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET?

“I have a budget for my Christmas shopping!” the young woman said to her Financial Counselor in a rather irritated and demanding tone. Having a budget and staying within its limits was the sensitive topic of discussion that Ms Twenty-Something didn’t want to discuss. Long-ago statements such as “money doesn’t…

SANTA’S NEW ELF

Not too happy about this?  An unhappy New Elf? Making a list and checking it twice? Wondering what to give the child who is naughty and nice? Wondering what to give the kid who already has it all? How about nothing? Well, not really nothing BUT nothing wrapped with tinsel…

PARENTS ARE THE ANSWER

No matter how racist, bigoted, anti-women, or the other attributes that tell us who  President-elect Donald Trump is, the burden of decency remains in the hands of parents  preparing  children for the world in which they will have to live. Black folks – Black parents, that is – should have…

PARENTS DON’T KNOW?

Where’s the problem?  Blue equals Hillary.  Red equals Trump. THE subject line on my first email of the day said: “What to tell the kids”. I’ve acquired a good habit of not opening a lot of email that comes my way – there’s just too much. But “What to tell…

KIDS VOTE

Ah, the election. It finally got here in spite of mudslinging, ugly behavior, threats, and with far too many propositions on the California ballot. ‘Hmm, bilingual education,” mused my twenty-something daughter as she sat pondering her vote-at- home ballot. “Seems to me,” she went on, “ If people are in…

PARENTS CAN MAKE HALLOWEEN SAFE

“It’s just a little scary these days,” Barbara reminisced reflecting on her childhood days of knocking on neighbor’s doors and being allowed to yell, “Trick or Treat.” “But that was another time,” Dave, her husband, was quick to add to the conversation in his way of a beginning answer to…

PARENT EDUCATION IS CRITICAL

The experts are publishing. Well, don’t they always? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Across the United States, up to one in five children suffers from a mental disorder in a given year.” This equates, according to the report, to more than 17 million young people who…

HOW PARENTS CREATE PINOCCHIO

While she went to the counter to pick up the food order, Mom left her blonde curly-haired, dimpled darling at the table in the small eatery. Upon her return, on the restaurant wall was a huge smearing of ketchup and mustard. The ghastly sight was only a few steps from…

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LACKED PARENTAL CONTROLS

Of course, I zeroed in on the mention of children and families and on that issue I’ll pick Hillary as the winner of Sunday’s Presidential Debate. She’s had years of working for the betterment of families. The two UCLA Political Science Professors who, following the debate, answered questions, posed by…

CAR RIDES AREN’T FREE

My way of parenting in the age of electronic gadgetry has spawned an entirely new way of living life at our house. One category is “The Car Ride”. “NO gadgets when riding with me in my car,” I said to the youngun’ some years ago.. Response: Eyes roll. Chest heaves…

PARENTS AREN’T PERFECT

Since we aren’t perfect people, there is no way perfection graces us just because we’ve become a parent and are in charge of our children. And Let’s take this one step further: There are no perfect children. Some years ago, at the close of a parenting workshop I conducted, a…

PARENTS CAN MAKE KIDS MONEY SMART

How early for money management? The sooner the better and the use of simple day to day experiences go a long way as teaching tools! 5 year-old Andy gets a $25 Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. Andy’s first lesson is to determine what he wants to buy. He…